The Cooper's Choice

Caol Ila

1992, 13 Years Old

ABV 46%
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Brand: Caol Ila, The Cooper's Choice
Expression: 1992, 13 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 13 years old
Year of bottling: 2005
ABV: 46%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Issue 51
Tasting notes
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Glorious clear crisp woodsmoke, followed by the slow steady thump of the phenols - some tar, some burnt wood. Salty, savoury undertones.
Palate: Sweet smoke. Wood (not peat) fires. Embers. Ash. Honey. Salty.
Finish: The smoke cuts through any residual cloying honey. Medicinal.
Comment: Incredibly appetising. Perhaps a touch more acidity somewhere would balance the sweetness.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Light, but immediately peaty. Seashore aromas, quite salty, dried seaweed, smoked haddock. With water more like a dentist's surgery.
Palate: Light, but sooty. Have to fight to get past the smuts to discover cooked fish. Water calms it down and brings out lychee, then smoke.
Finish: Dry, kipper-like (a pick-up of intensity).
Comment: This is good, but seems to still be building in complexity. If there's any of this batch left...keep 'em in cask for a few more years.
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Caol Ila Distillery, Port Askaig, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
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